West Orange-Stark Knocks off Kennedale 45-21
Updated: October 1, 2016
West Orange-Stark Sends a Message
Nacogdoches- Invading armies sometimes have to defend their territory before going on the offensive. This happened on Friday night at Dragon stadium in a trans regional matchup between the Kennedale Wildcats and the West Orange-Stark Mustangs. The Mustangs jumped out early and never looked back, 45-21.
#11 4A DI Kennedale, a tough team from the North, traveled deep into #bEASTTEXAS to face the super power of Southeast Texas. The West Orange-Stark Mustangs are the run away number #1 in 4A Division II. The Mustangs made the two and a half hour drive north to defend their territory and their 2015 state championship crown.
Further into the season and playoffs the Mustangs hope to travel four hours north and stake claim to this years championship at Jerry's World (AT&T Stadium) in Arlington. In a matchup that won’t happen again this year the Mustangs scored often before the Wildcats settled down and scored the first TD on the superb WO-S defense. Golden Triangle breeds SUPERB defenses.
This superb defense held the Kennedale offense to 78 total yards and 3 first downs in the decisive 1st half. Quarterback Jack Dallas and the Mustangs got on the scoreboard on their 3rd offensive possession. A grueling 15 play, 5 minute and 26 second, 76 yard drive took the fight out of the gamey Wildcats. Dallas (257 yards 2 TDs,) the magician who moonlights as a quarterback, trucked in from 13 yards out on the first play of the second quarter to start things off 6-0. They botched the snap on the PAT.
The first half onslaught was on, they scored 17 more points before the break. The added another two touchdowns before Kennedale broke the Mustangs streak of not allowing a touchdown all year.
West Orange-Stark only allowed a total of 6 passing yards for the Wildcats. Dallas' second TD of the night was a pass to Ronald Carter from 40 yards out. Kentavious Miller converted on the 2 point conversion for the 14-0 lead.
After a Jalen Powdrill fumble recovery, Jeremiah Shaw tacked on another running TD for the Mustangs from 7 yards out to make it 21-0. Chad Dallas (Jack's younger brother) hit a 30 yard field goal with 3 seconds left to push the lead to 24-0.
Cory Skinner recovered another Wildcat fumble on their opening drive to thwart any early momentum. A few plays later, Shaw (76 yards, 3 TDs) rounded the right corner from 19 yards out to begin the 2nd half scoring. At 31-0, it didn't appear to be much of a contest. Dallas hit Dominique Tezeno for another TD pass that stretched the advantage to 38-0.
You could see how much this Mustang defense prides itself on not allowing a touchdown. Malick Phillips made an absolute amazing touchdown saving tackle as he turned on the jets and caught DJ Kirven at the 6 from behind on a 50 yard run. Jaden Knowles scored the first TD on the Mustang defense this season with 54 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.
In the end Kennedale made it look a lot closer than it was by scoring twice more to WO-S' one. The final on the night was West Orange-Stark 45, Kennedale 21.
By Glenn McCarthy @GlennMcCarthy44
Players of the Game
Offense- Jeremiah Shaw
Defense- Kentavious Miller
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kennedale 0 0 7 14 21
West Orange-Stark 0 24 14 7 45